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Old Posted Apr 1, 2009, 8:24 PM
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Watch out, Utica! Downtown Pittsburgh is on the... grow!

warning: contains no Utica content



here we go... a stroll through Downtown Pittsburgh... you can supplement what you're viewing with these two recent articles:

Despite recession, Pittsburgh in a building boom

Historic buildings find green future in Pittsburgh



the pale blue structure has undergone a remarkable residential transformation... previously it was a blight














there are many of these old skinny buildings along Liberty and Penn... and they have proven popular as residential conversions












Three PNC Plaza is nearing completion... this 780,000 sq. ft. "green" mixed-use tower will feature office space, retail, condos and a Fairmont Hotel




Heinz Hall... home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra




the Century Building is undergoing residential conversion


PNC Bank's trio of towers... from left... 2 PNC, 1 PNC and 3 PNC


I really like the shape of 3 PNC from this angle... looking south along Sixth St.


the building at left is a condo conversion... with a few new floors added on top... the building at right was converted to a hotel a few years ago




one of Downtown Pittsburgh's many substantial older towers that tend to get lost amidst the tall, dense skyline... I wonder what this one's called










the new condos of mixed-use development Piatt Place can be seen in the distance... formerly a Lazarus Department store... the lower levels feature office space and restaurants... while 65 condos were built on top with an interior courtyard in the sky




the 1915 Flemish Gothic Union Trust Building is undergoing a major "green" renovation by a Los Angeles real estate company... it's always been one of my favorites... but I never realized it was so colorful until now... Siemens has just consolidated its Power Generation unit in the building... which was largely vacant until recently




The Park Building (1896) is Pittsburgh's oldest existing skyscraper... unfortunately the 60s happened and it was defaced with some unfortunate materials














Market Square has seen a remarkable improvement in its retail mix lately... the square itself will be undergoing a makeover soon


the historic G.C. Murphy department store in Market Square is undergoing residential conversion




this cluster of small buildings between Market Square and Three PNC were dilapidated until recently... they're now being restored as a mixed-use complex




the subway extension will burrow under the Allegheny River... connecting the North Shore to Downtown


Fourth Ave... one of my favorites






the Arrott Building is spectacular


this 1906 skyscraper is undergoing residential conversion




Piatt Place










Sixth St. Bridge












Ft. Duquesne Bridge




Ft. Pitt Bridge


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Heinz Field... home of the reigning NFL champions... the Sixburgh Steelers!


traveling into the confluence






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Old Posted Apr 1, 2009, 8:38 PM
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Too much eye candy, my diabetes can't take it. Beautiful stuff Eg. Gotta love downtown Pittsburgh. And 4th Ave is my favorite too. Thanks.
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Great tour, EG! Love those tall skinny guys from the turn of the century.
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I prefer Utica.
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Nice tour! Go, Pittsburgh.
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Old Posted Apr 2, 2009, 12:56 AM
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Where are all the people? Oh yeah..... EVERYWHERE!
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Old Posted Apr 2, 2009, 1:25 AM
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Where is Pittsburgh's Cornhill?
Seriously fabulous photos!
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Great tour, EG! Love those tall skinny guys from the turn of the century.
I prefer to think of them as gals

Great shots, this one is very sparkly: http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...g?t=1238613059
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DAMN!

This thread has seriously made me want to visit Pittsburgh. The charming old buildings, the human scale, the scenery. Talk about a holy trnity. Oh my. How is transit ridership? What kind of reputation does the T have?

BTW, this has got me thinking...everybody (who's capable of it, anyways) should make a photo thread showing what their city's Downtown gained during the "boom".
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Great job Evergrey! I always love this time of year. The whole city seems to come out of hibernation and everyone's like "woah! people live here!".
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Love it. Also, had no idea K&L Gates has its name on a skyscraper of that size. The "Gates" is Bill Sr., by the way.
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I prefer to think of them as gals
But buildings aren't boats... Some of them are gals but lots of 'em aren't. Maybe these are more like old fellas hanging out on the street curb.
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I love that city. Downtown Pittsburgh definitely screams "big city" with its narrow canyons and Eastern hustle bustle that is lacking in comparable cities in the Midwest.
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Awesome thread! One of my favorite downtowns anywhere!
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Definitely on my list of places to visit along with the other Ohio Valley cities of Louisville and Cincinnati.
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Love it. Also, had no idea K&L Gates has its name on a skyscraper of that size. The "Gates" is Bill Sr., by the way.
You know, you bring up a great point. In downtown Pittsburgh, the newest signage is K&L Gates named for Bill Gates Sr. And in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, work is being completed on the new $100 million Gates School of Computer Science which was built based on a $20 mil. grant from Bill Gates Jr.


Source: http://www.cmu.edu/cmnews/extra/060407_gates.html
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^ Oh yeah, that's a new Mack Scogin Merrill Elam project. Has anyone posted updates for it on SSP? I searched, but nothing turned up.
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^ Oh yeah, that's a new Mack Scogin Merrill Elam project. Has anyone posted updates for it on SSP? I searched, but nothing turned up.
No photo updates for a long time in our development thread. It should be finished soon though and then we'll get some pictures.
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